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Clevelands Gliding Club RAF Dishforth

Old 5th May 2009, 22:51
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Clevelands Gliding Club RAF Dishforth

Their website is now closed with a message saying The RAF GSA club are no longer operating from Dishforth?

Anyone know where they have re-located to?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 7th May 2009, 16:08
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They've not relocated, they've closed CGC down worse luck. All rather rapidly.
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Old 7th May 2009, 20:20
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I used to be a member of the associated civilian gliding club - the Hambletons.

I remember the club bus and talking to the man who appeared on BBC Mastermind. Specialist subject 'Gliding'. Poor man got several questions wrong due to pressure - such as what do you associate 'Wortmann' with?

I never flew so many different types of glider in such a short time: Swallow, K6CR, Pirat, Skylark 3/4, Olympia 2B, Olympia 419, Schleibe Flake!

Achieved Silver height but barograph packed up and so it couldn't be claimed!!!

A long time ago (70s) but happy memories.

I think I witnessed the best landing ever by an RAF tug pilot flying a Chipmunk. Gliding instructor and Vulcan pilot if I remember correctly.

RAF instructors also flew JPs and I remember tales of them wave soaring in the JP!

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I too have very happy memories of the club, in the early to mid seventies (as a ten year old). My Father was a very active member at the time. Both myself and my sister strapped into the left seat of a Slingsby T21 open cockpit, with instructor|. Great Days.
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I had my first flight in a "high perfomance" glider (an Oly 4b or was it 2b) at Dishforth. I was flying JPs at Syerston at the time. Happy days.

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Old 8th May 2009, 09:42
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What sad news indeed. I have many happy memories of flying at Dishforth. I can remember trailering four gliders up the A1 for the "longest day" weekend in 1976 - the hottest summer in living memory.

I spent most of Saturday "organising" and eventually got round to flying at about 1900. The only thing left on the ground was a Ka8 but I found very weak wave near Ripon despite very light winds. I managed to get up to 10,000 ft eventually and landed 3 hours and 10 minutes later at 2210 - just in time to head for the bar and the BBQ!
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So when and where is the wake beng held then ?......
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Old 8th May 2009, 18:18
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As it was a Yorkshire club, Wakefield I should think?!

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Old 9th May 2009, 01:40
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Spanner,

You must remember Ken Targ, the polish bomber pilot who stayed ?
A lovely man who flew at Sutton Bank as well.
Died in `82 despite my attempts to kill him earlier.
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Old 9th May 2009, 07:55
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Wortmann ?

This has to be embarrasing, but who on earth is " wortmann" ?
An old fart now of course, but as a lad with 3 diamonds l really should have heard that name.
l do have a copy of Wally Wallington`s book signed in Benalla`s bar by the man himself in Feb `86. " The best of soaring luck"
Just under " To Peter, to help you keep it up, Mary".
The gentleman looked embarassed.
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Hi non iron

I remember a Polish pilot - may have been Ken. It was possibly that gentleman who kindly allowed me to fly the Pirat.

The name 'Wortmann' is associated with a series of aerofoil sections commonly used in the design of glider/sailplane wings. The Standard Cirrus, ASW 19 and many others utilized Wortmann sections.

The man who appeared on 'Mastermind' was called Henry - just remembered his name as I'm typing this. Jolly fellow with a wool hat and glasses - always looked studious and discussed topics I knew nothing about when it was un-flyable and we were sitting in the back of the club bus.

There was also a female pilot called Jill/Gill (may have been Polish descent too?!). I'm sure I saw her doing aerobatics at the Barton Air Show a number of years later in a Swallow?

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Old 11th May 2009, 22:10
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Did anyone else use the parachute packing/store for some late night liasions?
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Henry Pantin I think is the Gentleman your refering to, and Gill Povill owned her own Swallow and often seen performing aerobatic's in it. I believe she is still there (or was?)

Also remember Tony Simms performing his display in the Blanik at the end of the day, very impressive!
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Old 12th May 2009, 16:48
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It was indeed Henry and Jill still has her Swallow.

If anyone has photos from when you were at Clevelands it would be great to see them up here, a sort of tribute to CGC I guess...

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Yes Jill Povill - I remember now.

I saw the Blanik display as well one evening - beat up at zero feet after some aerobatics and circle to land.

It seems so long ago now - 1977/78.

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Swallow 'ELC' was stillin the hangar last weel with several other private gliders. The RAFGSA has started re-distributing the club gliders.
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Old 13th May 2009, 19:38
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Clevelands Gliding Club

I started there in May 1982 just looking through the log book flew with
C Sherlock, W Smith, J Povill, KT, Foxy, Terry Wilson, K Buckner, Jack Pullen, Paul Whitehead and a few others whose signature I don't recognise now, any of them still around?

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Old 13th May 2009, 19:42
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I don't know if anyone has noticed that pic of the Chipmunk? its one of the 5 the RAF converted to Lycoming engines for glider towing is it still about. I remember having a few trips in that, I think the tug pilots name was Chris? he had his own RF4 based there, used to run the bar at the end of the day.
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OK guys to answer some of your questions.

The guy with the Pirat was called Stan. The spelling of his surname defeats me but it sounds like Stanalski. Jill Poval flew her Swallow from Dishforth to Sutton Bank last Sunday, itís new home I presume. Chris Sherlock still lives locally but hasn't glided for years and Terry Wilson disappeared from the gliding scene years ago. Foxy was still a club member up to the closure of the club as was Paul Whitehead. The guy in the tug is Colin Walker and it was a RF3 he had. And yes, the club was closed very rapidly!!!

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Old 14th May 2009, 04:39
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Said tug is now at Marham I understand....said pilot currently in mourning

However, for a more insightful read about the demise of a great club, I would suggest you all log into a well known glider pilots site and read for yourselves......"interesting" to say the least and with a distinct aroma shall we say...possibly even a whiff of nostalgia reminiscent of 70's Bicester.
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